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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Introduce students to the systems farmers use to sell the vegetables and fruits (apples!) they grow. Set up a “farmers market” in the classroom where students will sort, sell, and buy apples.

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Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.

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Packed with loads of information about apples and how they grow, this book takes readers on an alphabetical journey through the apple orchard to the kitchen and includes a recipe for homemade applesauce!
 

Big Ideas provides teachers, kindergarten through high school, ideas on how to educate their students about food, culture, health, and the environment. Using the four perspectives it lays out steps on how to educate students on food and food systems.

Introduce students to cabbage and how they grow.

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Children gain confidence in trying new foods and become familiar with a new vegetable. Through a hands-on activity, children explore a new vegetable and taste two varieties of cabbage.

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Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making fruit and vegetable spinners.

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Introduce students to cucumbers and how they grow. Students will taste cucumbers and write about them.

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Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new vegetable. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe.

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A collection of international poems, highlighting various topics from Grandpa’s Garden to A Potato’s Valentine to The Emperor’s Greenhouse.